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E-biker more seriously injured after accident

E-biker more seriously injured after accident

People with an e-bike to hit more often, seriously wounded in a fietsongeval than road users on a regular bike.

People with an electric bicycle, have two times as often multiple injuries, often serious head injury, and are twice as long in the hospital. According to research from the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) among 475 patients between the ages of 39 and 65 years. .

The researchers reviewed the data of patients who since 2014 after a fietsongeval at the Emergency department of the UMCG are treated. This was specifically for the cases where the road user on a electric bike (e-bike) or a classic bike sat. These patients were linked to each other on the basis of age and gender. Also, it was verified that the accidents related with other disorders or diseases.

Helmet

Almost half of the e-bikers walk in to an accident, severe skull-brain injury and a helmet that risks reduce considerably, as is evident from earlier research. Therefore, argue the researchers from the university medical center groningen in the Dutch Magazine for Medicine and for preventative measures, such as wearing a helmet or driving lessons.

At this time, wearing a helmet is only mandatory for an electric bike 45 kilometers per hour, but these bikes are just a small part of the e-bikes. Last year, in the Netherlands almost 270.000 electric bikes sold.

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